leading the league goes along." Minnesota should also have Petersons backup, Toby Gerhart, in the lineup after he missed last week with a

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HOUSTON - Andre Johnson wants to finish his career in Houston and has moved past whatever bad feelings kept him away from the team for much of this off-season. Jamaal Charles Jersey .Johnson, who is in his 12th season, isnt sure how long hell play. But he knows that he only wants to suit up for the Texans.I dont want to play for nobody else ... I dont even think it would feel right, he said.Thats a change from an off-season where he wondered if Houston was still the place for me before skipping all of the teams off-season work. He returned in time for training camp and certainly doesnt feel that way anymore.I couldnt imagine how it would feel to put on another uniform, he said Thursday.Johnson was drafted in the first round in 2003 in the franchises second season and hes by far the longest tenured player on the team. Despite dealing with years of lean times, which have included two 2-14 seasons, and more than his fair share of quarterback woes, Johnson is still confident that things will end well for him here.Yeah, why not? Johnson said with a chuckle and a shake of his head. You always want it to turn out OK. I always want things to work out here. Ive always wanted that.But at 33, Johnson has started wondering just how many years he has left to play. In moments of quiet reflection he sometimes thinks about the career of his idol Jerry Rice and marvels at how long he was able to play.You see something on TV, like watching the NFL Network and you see a clip of Jerry Rice or something, Johnson said. And you sit there and youre just like: Man this guy played for 20 years and Im in my 12th year. How did he play eight more years? I cant imagine myself playing for eight more seasons. I just cant see that happening.But he wasnt ready to completely rule it out on Thursday, perhaps buoyed by Houstons win against Tennessee on Sunday where the Texans set a franchise record with 45 points.I wouldnt say never, but right now I just cant imagine that, Johnson said.When he was younger his goal was to play for 10 seasons. After he passed that number, he decided 15 years might be a good time to hang it up. Now that hes in his 30s, hes gotten a kick out of helping mentor younger players and has taken a special interest in DeAndre Hopkins, a first-round pick last season.Its fun just to see him grow as a player, even grow as a person, Johnson said. Hes learning and I think thats the biggest thing. Every day he is in here working his butt off. I get to sit back and watch it.Hopkins has more than 1,000 yards receiving this season and said that there isnt anything Johnson hasnt helped him with.Everything and all of the above, Hopkins said.Though Hopkins is slowly taking over as Houstons go-to receiver, Johnson is still producing at a high level and has 65 receptions for 720 yards and two touchdowns this year. Its another solid season in a career where he has had 1,100 yards receiving or more seven times, including a career-high 1,598 in 2012.He has 13,381 yards receiving in his career, just two yards shy of eclipsing Torry Holt for 12th on the all-time list. Johnson could also reach another milestone on Sunday at Jacksonville, needing just eight catches to become the 10th player in NFL history with 1,000 career receptions.It will be big when it happens, Johnson said. Not many people have been able to do it. To be in that category, it will mean a lot.If he does it on Sunday he would tie Marvin Harrison for fastest to reach the mark by doing it in his 167th career game.___Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL Darian Stewart Jersey . (AP) -- The head of the committee that developed Major League Baseballs plan to expand instant replay says he is optimistic the system will be in place this season, even though owners and unions for players and umpires have yet to approve. Max Garcia Jersey . -- Stanley Johnson scored all 18 of his points in the second half, T.EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Adrian Peterson shouldnt have any reason to get "hot" at Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier this week. Peterson returned to practice for Minnesota on Friday and is expected to play in Sundays game at Cincinnati as long as he doesnt have any setbacks with his sprained right foot. The leagues second-leading rusher, Peterson is listed as questionable for the Vikings (4-9-1). "Im looking forward to playing this week," Peterson said Friday. "Get another day to rest tomorrow, which is going to be good. As far as the foot goes, Ill be ready to go." Peterson missed last weeks game after spraining his foot a week earlier at Baltimore. Though he returned to practice on a limited basis last Friday, Frazier held Peterson out of Sundays 48-30 win against Philadelphia. Frazier said it wasnt an easy conversation with Peterson, who admitted to being "hot" and devastated" about having to sit out. "Because I felt I was to the point where I was ready to go," Peterson said. "My mind was ready to get out there and play. Im in game mode and then I find out that Im not playing. No matter what I had to say, thats what it was. Thats why it was tough. Buut fortunately we got a win, so that kind of ease the pain a little bit. Karl Mecklenburg Jersey. " Frazier expects Peterson to play this week, but wanted to make sure the NFL MVP didnt have any setbacks prior to Sundays game. Peterson was limited in Fridays practice. "We didnt have him do every rep, but enough where he would feel confident and we would feel confident," Frazier said. "So it was encouraging with some of the things he was able to do." Peterson trails Philadelphias LeSean McCoy by 122 rushing with two games left and said he still feels the rushing title is within his grasp. "Yeah, its not over 200 yards, so its still in play," Peterson said, saying earlier: "I look at it, any competitor would want to be at the top of the game. I play this game to be the best. So with that, leading the league goes along." Minnesota should also have Petersons backup, Toby Gerhart, in the lineup after he missed last week with a hamstring injury. Hes listed as probable. The Vikings said rookie cornerback Xavier Rhodes will be out Sunday because of a sprained ankle. 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